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Good Evening, Ladies and Germs! 


Good Evening, Ladies and 

Written By: Mike Adair 


You merely need a basic knowledge of sewing to do this project. I'm a novice and if I can do 
it, so can you! 

Step 1 — Good Evening, Ladies and Germs! 

• O.k., the kids wanted to be germs 
this year. One Paramecium, one 
Amoeba and one Chryptosporidium 
(the one that closed our pools early 
here in the mid-West.) 

• The Paramecium and the Amoeba 
are very similar so I'll guide you 
through the construction of the 
dreaded Pink Paramecium. 

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Good Evening, Ladies and Germs! 

Step 2 


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• First, I found this diagram online of 
the typical Paramecium and used it 
as my guide. 

• Got the idea to place the face 
where the Macronucleus is and 
sew a pouch where the Gullet and 
Food Vacuole are for the treats! 

Step 3 

• Draw a pattern around the person 
who will be wearing the costume. 

• I used two white poster boards 
taped together for a nice stiff 

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Step 4 

• Now sketch out the general shape 
of the Paramecium marking where 
the face, arms and legs will be. 

• The legs will come through an 
opening at the bottom like a skirt. 
The arms will poke through slits in 
the sides. 

• The oval for the face should be just 
big enough for the chin and 
forehead to poke through. 
Experiment with scrap fleece to get 
the right shape. 

Step 5 

• Take your pattern and trace the 
outline on the back of the fleece. 

• Add about a half-inch all the way 

• Cut it out as shown. 

• Flip this piece (good side up) onto 
another piece of fleece (good side 
down) and trace out this shape 
ignoring the hole for the face. This 
will be the back half. 

• Cut out the back half and set it 

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Step 6 


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• Before you sew the two halves 
together, cut out and sew in place 
the shapes on the front as seen in 
this picture of the finished 

• I just used a zig-zag stitch to 
fasten these. It seemed to hold 
them in place OK (no pun 

• Use whatever references you have 
for ideas. Luckily, the Contractile 
Vacuoles looked like flowers. 

• Make sure the Food Vacuole (sack 
for treats) is stiched in well. Those 
Fun Sizes add up! 

• Also, at this point fold inward the 
flaps around the face opening, pin 
and sew in place. 

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Step 7 

• Cut out the strips for the Cilia (The 
purple "hairs" around the sides). 

• Ours are about an inch wide by 
around 5 inches long. 

• This next step gets a little tricky. 
Place the two halves together with 
the good side of the fleece on the 

• Position the Cilia around the edge 
with about 1 3/4" space between 

• They should be pointing inward with 
the outer edge flush with the edge 
of the body. 

• Once they are in place, pin all 
around to secure. 

• I didn't put any Cilia where the 
arms would come out, and at this 
point don't put them around the 
bottom opening. 

• Sew the two halves together. There 
will be three seams - one above the 
head and one along each side 
below the arms. 

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Step 8 

• Hem up the lower opening, front 
and back. 

• Stitch in the rest of the Cilia. 

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Step 9 

• Hem the arm openings. 

• If you haven't already, turn the 
costume right-side out. 

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Good Evening, Ladies and Germs! 

Step 10 

• Finally, cut out a piece of 2" thick 
foam to give shape and support to 
the top of the Paramecium. 

• Cut an arch to rest on top of the 
wearer's head. 

• I used some additional fluff to give 
it a little more shape. 

• Oh, also - bevel the edge (slice off 
the corners on the outer edge) so it 
doesn't have such a squared edge. 

• I used a long blade (about 6" long) 
of the kind that they use for 
scrapers. Cuts like buttah. 

• The foam doesn't slide very well 
against the fleece, but if you work 
at it you can muscle it up in there. 

Step 11 

• Our Germ Team was complete as 
Mom and Dad sprayed his-and- 
hers Lysol cans. 

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Good Evening, Ladies and Germs! 

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